Our Garden Rangers deliver our interdisciplinary garden-based education program that allows students to learn in a wonderful outdoor classroom- the garden! Our program offers students six introductory lessons about their school garden. Our program schedule allows all students in K-12 to visit the garden throughout the year. Students learn about the rules in the garden and develop their own, fun garden names. They also explore the garden and help it grow by planting new seedlings. Students learn about the different soil types and which type is in their school garden. Students explore the beneficial and harmful insects that live in their school garden. Climate and Seasons: Students explore the Los Angeles’ ecosystem and the types of weather conditions that different plants prefer. Students learn about the anatomy of a plant and learn to identify which part of the plant we commonly eat. Students work together to harvest and prepare food from the garden. The students care for and maintain the garden. This is the ultimate lesson. They can control the space through their efforts. Our Rangers blog about their work every week. Here are the latest.

Why companion planting?

Why companion planting?

February 9th, 2017 When its comes to companion planting, I like to remind the students about their friends and foes first. After, I bring in on how companion planting can help with fighting off those foes that eat or ruin the veggies in the garden. An example is mint, when planted along with the cabbage…

Working on world veggies – Fleming Middle

Working on world veggies – Fleming Middle

We are working on a world veggie project at Fleming. All the students are writing about their fruit veggie and grain and are telling its story.. It’s so cool to see these kids use creativity, critical thinking and art as an expression to completing this project.. Soon we will have our world veggie map on…

Blossoms and Sprouts

Blossoms and Sprouts

I will always be amazed by what seed scattering can become. Whaley school garden is still popping off with wonderful biodiversity, unique blend of crops that the students go nuts for. I even have students come visit me over their lunch break to get some greens harvested to add to their school lunch. That always…

From the Soil

From the Soil

These are beautiful radishes that we planted last week, directly from seed in our school garden. It is always so wonderful to pull out beautiful root veggies from the ground. During our lesson we examined a few types of soils. We took a look at typical garden loam, sand and clay. We noted the difference in…

Pollination

Pollination

I’ve always enjoyed teaching pollination because it is such adds to not only understanding how seeds are formed but also flower anatomy. Which often doesn’t get taught until 8th grade middle school. I’ve always found it fun to simply the concept to make it into something that kids can understand.   Most plants form flowers…

Ashy Gray Lady Beetle

Ashy Gray Lady Beetle

Meet our sweet little Ashy Gray Lady Beetle. Related to the ladybug it is in the Coccinellidae family. Our Ashy Gray is very similar to our common lady bug. It likes to lay it’s yellow eggs near where aphids so it young has something to east right away. Also like typical lady bug is bright red in…

Planting at Wilton Place

Planting at Wilton Place

At Wilton Place we have been talking so much about our life cycles of plants. I always feel like it is way more fun to witness it first hand. So we began to plant both radishes and beans in our school garden. We will check on our sprouts and see what our little seeds needs…

Seed Formations

Seed Formations

To some gardeners when they see lettuce about the bolt, they immediately remove the plant. Rightfully so, the taste of the leaves become extremely bitter and it no longer taste good. But I personally love seeing lettuce go to bolt, because the we get to witness flowers turn into seeds. Lettuce blossoms are typically yellow…

Ensaladas At San Pedro

Ensaladas At San Pedro

We love getting to to each their veggies. It is an even bigger joy to get them to eat veggies that they have grown in their garden. We have been very lucky to witness the beautiful transformation from seed to lettuce at San Pedro St. Elementary and now we can do the best part try…

Over at Dominguez High

Over at Dominguez High

Cabbage Cerebellums Sunny Sunflowers Boastful Broccoli Bumping Brussels Sprouts Mucho Mixed Greens

Bunny’s love Carrots

Bunny’s love Carrots

So during lunch in the garden at South Gate middle school, the kids got a hold of the carrots and then go a hold of my phone to where the bunny filter became most inevitable! Check it out!   We also got our hands diry and into some organic horse manure.. The dried balls of…

Compost; thank you decomposers.

Compost; thank you decomposers.

Creating the right mix of browns, greens, air, and water is what allows decomposers in the compost bin to turn spent garden residents into food for future residents. At Vine St Elementary the compost bin is relatively young so when some beds needed amending before replanting the students added and incorporated used coffee grounds as…

Soil.  Where would we be without it?

Soil. Where would we be without it?

Students at West Vernon Elementary learned the ingredients of soil and how proper proportions are able to form a hospitable environment for plant growth. In the garden they were able to get hands on experience in aerating and amending soil beds before planting seeds or transplants. It is a large garden but fortunately the students…

El Sereno Elementary Learns the Value of a Colorful Palate

El Sereno Elementary Learns the Value of a Colorful Palate

Students learned that different colored fruits and vegetables contain different nutrients. They work best when eaten together and a colorful diet will help paint a healthy existence. After naming several foods from each color category the students were able to see what colors were growing in their garden; whether it was mounding white potatoes or…

The Reason For A Flower ~ Woodlawn

The Reason For A Flower ~ Woodlawn

Today the kids at Woodlawn learned that the purpose of any plant is to simply make more of itself, to reproduce.  We started the lesson by reading  “The Reason For  a Flower” by Ruth Heller.  The book describes all the parts of plants and their functions in beautifully illustrated pages. The 2nd graders brought their…